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Edathirinji Korath Sree Bhagavathy Temple – Festival – History

Edathirinji Korath Bhagavathy temple, also known as Korath Kudumba Bhagavathy temple, is located at Edathirinji near Irinjalakuda, Thrissur district, Kerala. The annual festival in the temple is held in Makaram month and coincides with the Aswathy nakshatra. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali.

The shrine is the keezhkavu of Cheloor kavu. The deity resides under an ezhilam pala kudakeezhil in a sreekovil whose roof is covered with copper (Chembola).

The 5-day annual festival is also known as Thalappoli festival. The festival is famous Thalappoli procession, caparisoned elephants, melam, and temple folk arts.

The main offering in the temple is Namajapam.

Legend has it that a woman of the Korath Nalam Medam was given in marriage to a house in the western parts of the region. The family to which the woman was married disintegrated and was completely destroyed. The woman of the family referred to as Muthi along with her Upasana moorthis travelled back to her home. While crossing the Canoli Canal, the basked on which Muthi and moorthis were sitting floated in the canal. A voice was heard which said those people who wish to stay with me come to the other end of the canal. The people who were traveling with the basked found the moorthi and muthi safe on the end of the canal. The murti of Bhagavathy was placed in the present spot where the Edathirinji Korath Bhagavathy temple is located.

An ezhilam pala tree in the temple is believed to be the abode of Devi. It is said that once an attempt was made to cut a branch of the tree but people saw blood oozing out from the spot and the idea was dropped.